Filming has commenced on Shane Abbess’ (Infini, Gabriel) new film SFv1.  A Storm Alley Entertainment and Eclectik Vision production, in association with Phonetic Images, the sci-fi feature is being filmed in Sydney and outback South Australia over nine weeks.

Starring Kellan Lutz (Expendables 3, Hercules 3-D, The Twilight Saga), Daniel MacPherson (Infini, Shannara Chronicles, The Cup), Temuera Morrison (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Once Were Warriors), Bren Foster (Infini, The Last Ship, Terminus, Days Of Our Lives), with Rachel Griffiths (Saving Mr Banks, Beautiful Kate, Brothers & Sisters, Six Feet Under, Muriel’s Wedding) and introducing Teagan Croft, additional cast will be announced shortly. The film follows the international success of the recently released Infini (directed by Abbess, produced by Sidonie Abbene, Shane Abbess, Matthew Graham and Brett Thornquest, and starring Daniel MacPherson).

Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonization, Sy (Kellan Lutz), a mysterious stranger, meets Kane (Daniel MacPherson), a lieutenant working for an off-world military contractor. The unlikely pair must work together to rescue Kane’s young daughter Indi (Teagan Croft) and reach safety amid an impending global crisis caused by the very company Kane works for.

Produced by Matthew Graham, Brett Thornquest, Sidonie Abbene and Shane Abbess, executive produced by Steven Matusko, SFv1 was co-created by Shane Abbess and Brian Cachia, written and is being directed by Shane Abbess, with director of photography Carl Robertson, production designer George Liddle, make-up/hair designer Jennifer Lamphee, costume designer Nicola Dunn, editor Adrian Rostirolla and composer Brian Cachia.

In making the announcement director Shane Abbess said: “With intense characters and relationships, unique action, VFX and set pieces, the way we are telling the story is not only unique but monumentally ambitious in every department. To be able to make such an original film in such a risk aversive time is a real gift.”

World-wide sales are being handled by XYZ Films.


Storm Alley Entertainment is the creative brainchild of director Shane Abbess and producer Sidonie Abbene. Shane Abbess has forged a reputation both in Australia and overseas as a highly desirable director following his directorial debut with the international cult smash Gabriel, which has become one of the most commercially successful independent Australian films of all time. Brett Thornquest, producer and production financier owns Eclectik Vision. The three founded Storm Vision Entertainment in 2013 to finance and co-produce high quality, elevated genre films with emerging and visionary directors, including the soon to be released feature Terminus directed by Marc Furmie and starring Jai Koutrae, Kendra Appleton, Bren Foster and Todd Lasance.

About XYZ Films:

XYZ Films is an integrated content company whose mission is to empower visionary storytellers from every corner of the planet. As an independent production company and worldwide sales agency, the company is uniquely suited to identify talented filmmakers and bring their stories to life. XYZ was founded in 2008 by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.

XYZ Films is also handling sales for a number of titles including I Kill Giants, which is directed by Anders Walter and produced by Chris Columbus, Treehouse Pictures, Man of Action Entertainment and XYZ. They are currently repping the action-thriller Pilgrimage starring Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland and 6 Days starring Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish.